Isle of Wight Cricket

Ryde Under 13s Clinch the Mal Sketchley Memorial Cup

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Ryde lifted the Isle of Wight Under 13 Cup for the first time in the club's history after a close fought final against Ventnor at Newclose. With small boundaries, a well cut outfield and a good looking track, it was no surprise that Ventnor captain John Buckman elected to bat when he won the toss, and would probably have been looking for a score of 140+.

Despite losing one of their openers to a great ball from Jamie Woodward, Ventnor looked comfortable at 20-1 off their first three overs, but things changed when Harry Leggett, Joe Martin and Rory Buckeridge came into the bowling attack, with Leggett taking a wicket in his first over, whilst Martin conceded just nine runs from his four overs, and Buckeridge bowled consistently straight in his four.

Ventnor's Dan Cox dug in to hold up an end, while the hard hitting Ben Attrill made his way to an excellent 33 before the obligatory retirement, in an innings that included five 4s.

At 82 for 2 after sixteen overs, Ventnor would have hoped to push on towards a score of around 110 to 120, but the return of Harry Wratten to the bowling attack saw him strike with his second ball and then go for just 3 runs off his last two overs, as Ventnor edged towards a final score of 99 for 3 from their allocated 20.

Despite feeling that they maybe didn't have a big enough total to defend, the Ventnor boys were buzzing in the field and put pressure on Ryde from the off. Cox struck with the score on 16 and Ventnor sensed that they were very much in the match. Ryde skipper Harry Leggett joined Marcus Otty at the crease, and slowly and steadily they built a partnership. Leggett reached his 30 in the thirteenth over, with the score on 65, but Ryde still had plenty to do and hadn't reckoned on the accurate bowling of Zeph Wells, who clean bowled three of the Ryde batsmen to record figures of 3-16 from his three overs.

With the match held firmly in the balance, an excellent partnership between ten year old Rory Buckeridge and Jamie Woodward, finally turned the game Ryde's way, and it was fitting that young Buckeridge should hit the winning runs, as he planted a four to long on in the nineteenth over.

Stuart Chatfield from the IW Cricket Board presented the medals and cup, with Man of the Match awards presented by the umpires to Harry Leggett and Ben Attrill.
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